Over 150 international decision makers met during the Conference on OECD’s (Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development) Response to the Global Economic Crisis which took place on May 21st in Lisbon. The one-day conference, organised jointly by BIAC (Business and Industry Advisory Committee) and Associação Industrial Portuguesa - Confederação Empresarial (AIP-CE) on the occasion of BIAC’s General Assembly, provided insight into how OECD influences economic policies worldwide and how, together with the international business community, it promotes open markets and job creation.
BIAC Chairman Charles P. Heeter on the opening of the event said that: „ crisis management necessitates extraordinary measures. Governments are pressing, to restore market confidence in the financial sector and to stimulate their economies. BIAC is the business voice to be heard at the highest levels at the OECD as it deals with today’s problems and thinks of tomorrow’s challenges”.
During the conference additional speakers included: Mr. Fernando Teixeria Dos Santos, Portugal’s Minister of State and Finance, Mr. Jorge Rocha De Matos, AIP-CE President, and Portugal’s Ambassador to the OECD, Mr. Eduardo Ferro Rodrigues. Panels included representatives from: US, Japan, Germany, Brazil, India, Sweden, Norway, Switzerland and Portugal.
Mr. Heeter concluded by thanking the hosts for a very effective and successful conference, and by highlighting that BIAC will build on the outcomes of the roundtable in preparing for its Consultation with OECD Ministers which is planned for 23rd June 2009 in Paris.